Less than a year removed from undergoing Tommy John surgery, top Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy made his return to competitive baseball in pitching five strong innings for short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Sunday.
The 21-year-old right-hander allowed one earned run and five hits while throwing 65 pitches for the IronBirds at Hudson Valley. Bundy struck out six and walked none in his first minor-league start since Sept. 25, 2012.
The 2011 first-round pick underwent surgery performed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on June 27, 2013 and had pitched in a few extended spring training games in Sarasota before being assigned to Aberdeen for a minor-league rehab assignment. The current plan is for Bundy to pitch at least two more times for the IronBirds before likely being activated from the disabled list to pitch for Double-A Bowie.
Bundy’s fastball was hitting 93 to 94 miles per hour on the radar gun in his last couple outings in Sarasota as his velocity continues to climb.